Nearly 90 children showed up for a three-day basketball camp at the Correctional Center gymnasium in New England.
By Brad Mosher
The event was split into three age groups with third to fifth graders getting the first chance to learn from the local coaches at New England, Jason Jung and Kaine Hanson, as well as two facilitators, Mihai Raducanu and Tyler Slick.
Players in sixth through eighth grade got their chance at the camp from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., while high school players were on the court from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Raducanu has prep ties to Canada, before competing at the Diivision 1 college level in the United States.
The Romanian-born Raducano went on to play at Coastal Carolina University and is now the CEO and managing partner of Ganon Baker Basketball, a basketball training and development company.
Slick is the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Minnesota State University Mankato in Southern Minnesota and recently joined Ganon Baker.
According to Jung, the girls varsity coach at New England, the new camp was a success.
“This is the first camp under the helm of Jung and Hanson, the head girls and boys coaches,” he said.
“This was an unbelievably successful camp. Not only did the basketball players learn but the coaches did as well.
“This camp will change the culture of girls and boys basketball in New England. Fundamentals are the key to the game of basketball and the culture change is starting with the implementation of teaching fundamentals and fundamental skills.
“This camp may be the best thing that has happened to New England basketball in a long time,” he added.
According to Raducano, the players showed off a strong work ethic. “I love the work ethic. More than than I loved that everybody was open and willing to learn.
“The work ethic for me is the hardest thing to each. Here in New England it is such a small town with such a tight knit community. Even though they are small, the work ethic is way bigger than the other places,” he said.
In addition to the camp, the camp fee included four additional training sessions throughout the month of June to help continue to work on the skills learned in the camp.
The girls will have their sessions on Mondays through June 24 at NEPS for students in the sixth through eighth (6 p.m.) and 9 through 12 grades (7:30 p.m.).
The boys will have training sessions on Wednesdays through June 26, also broken up into 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. sessions..